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The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) for On-Farm Energy Audit/Implementation


The On-Farm Energy Audit/Implementation Initiative is a nationwide special initiative for producers who are interested in identifying and implementing energy conservation measures on their farms or ranches. The initiative is funded under the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), a voluntary program that provides assistance to producers who want to plan and install measures to protect the soil, water, air and other natural resources on working agricultural land.

Application Information

On-Farm Energy Initiative applications due Nov. 1, 2011!

Application Timeframe

EQIP applications (including Energy Initiative applications) can be submitted to local NRCS offices at any time during the year.  Applications to be considered for fiscal year 2013 funding must be submitted by January 18, 2013. Interested applicants should contact their local NRCS field office.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicants must meet the general eligibility requirements for EQIP. Eligible land includes privately owned cropland, rangeland, pasture, and other working farm or ranch lands.

More Information

NRCS National On Farm Energy Initiative Website
NRCS Energy Estimator
On-Farm Energy Audit Standards 


Steve Smarik, Resource Conservationist
EQIP Program Manager
Phone: (602) 280-8785

Dennis Kimberlin, Assistant State Conservationist for Programs
Phone: (602) 280-8800

Table 1 illustrates mail activities that are included in an energy audit.